If you’re anything like me, a late-night snack is something that comes to
mind often. Most snack foods are usually less than healthy, and enjoying
those before you turn in for the night could lead to a habit that causes
negative repercussions you’re surely trying to avoid.
What’s your typical go-to snack? Let me know in the comments below.
Here are a few of my favorite healthy snack options for a mindful late-night
- Apple or Banana Slices with Nut or Seed Butter
To set yourself up for a great night’s sleep, try having banana or apple
slices with almond butter or any nut or seed butter that you prefer. Bananas
are rich in an amino acid called L-tryptophan. Through a process of steps,
this amino acid gets converted into melatonin, which is the hormone that is
responsible for giving us a good quality sleep at night. Peanuts, sunflower
seeds, and pumpkin seeds also contain high levels of this amino acid, so
butters from these nuts and seeds would be great choices. Almonds
contain high levels of magnesium, which is an essential mineral that can
help you relax and fall asleep easier.
- Almond-Milk Yogurt with Berries
Pair some unsweetened, plain almond milk yogurt with your favorite berries
for a sweet but low-sugar snack. Almond yogurt has protein and will keep
you satisfied before falling asleep. A great trick is to use frozen berries and
heat them in a saucepan until they begin to burst and release liquid. When
you stir these warmed berries into your yogurt, your whole yogurt will be
flavored with the taste of berries without the added sugars that storebought
flavored yogurts contain! Plus, berries are great low-sugar fruits and
don’t contain many calories. If you want to sweeten it up for a bit more of a
late-night treat, you can add a teaspoon of raw honey or pure maple syrup.
- Roasted Chickpeas
You might be wondering why anyone would reach for chickpeas to satisfy
their late-night cravings, but they are delicious and crunchy when roasted!
You can create a variety of flavors, from adding spicy chili flakes to
cinnamon and raw sugar. They’re even tasty with a simple sprinkle of salt.
Simply rinse a can of organic chickpeas, pat them dry, season them to your
liking and place them in the oven at 350°F/175°C for around 45 minutes.
You can store them in an airtight container for a few days and always have
a crunchy, healthy snack to grab. They’re packed with protein and contain
fewer calories than roasted nuts.
- “Nice” Cream
No more reaching for that tub of ice cream to satisfy your late-night sugar
cravings! Banana “nice” cream is a much healthier alternative as it contains
only natural sugars from fruit and no artificial flavors or added sugars. It is a
low-calorie alternative to ice cream with way less junk. You can make the
flavor anything you like. If you’re a chocolate lover, add a tablespoon of raw
cacao powder, blend it with two frozen bananas, and add some dark
chocolate chips to top it off. If you see that the consistency is too thick to
blend properly, add a splash of any nut milk of your choice.